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Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn guest post and free read

Welcome to a guest post by author S.W. Vaughn. The guest post is on a great topic 5 things you don’t need to know about me. Now as I like to be nosey with authors and find out if they are boxers or briefs and anything else I can find out I know this to not be true. Enjoy the top 5 and check out Broken Angel book #1 in the House Phoenix series.

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5 Things You Don’t Really Need to Know About Me (and a Free Book for Everyone!)

S.W. Vaughn

First, thanks so much for having me over, Jess!

I thought pretty hard about what to write in this post. Mostly, I thought about all the other author guest posts out there that seem to cover the same topics. My writing process. How I got published. Where I get my inspiration.

It’s not that I think that stuff is boring. But when I’m wondering about authors as a reader, these aren’t the questions I want to ask. I want to know whether Stephen King has ever slept in a coffin, or if Anne Rice has ever considered putting blood in her tea. I wonder about the weird things.

So, I decided to share five weird things about me that you never would’ve thought to ask.

1. I don’t like wearing socks. This is actually part of my Twitter profile, but I never get to expand on it (because, ya know…Twitter, 140 characters, not much room). I don’t know what it is about them, but I just feel better without socks. And when I do wear them, mostly in the winter, they usually don’t match. I’m wearing one white and one blue sock right now—and my boots are untied.

2. Item #3 on my bucket list: Swim to Japan. I hate planes. I mean, loathe. I have never flown, and if I ever did get on a flying contraption, someone would have to Mr. T me aboard (remember The A-Team…no? Well, damn, I’m old). But I desperately want to visit Japan. Therefore—swim!

3. When I go to the theater, I ask for extra butter on my popcorn. Calories, shmalories. That butter-like substance is awesome!

4. I can’t bend the top joint of the ring finger on my left hand. This is because, when I was an idiot child, I was playing the real-life redneck version of Pitfall by jumping from roof to roof in a backyard collection of wrecked cars. I missed by a few feet and somehow managed to fall finger-first into a pile of broken glass. Coincidentally, my parents were just returning from the hospital with my brother, who’d closed his elbow in the hinge of a recliner, when they had to turn around and rush me there. They weren’t too happy about that.

5. My treadmill is haunted. I have a five- or six-year-old, secondhand motorized treadmill with a magnetic “key” that turns it on and off. When it’s not in use, the key is stuck to one of the legs—and the readout screen is supposed to be off. But between 3 and 6 times a day, the treadmill lets out a series of beeps and the screen turns on, and a bunch of random zeros march across it. Then it turns off. No one is anywhere near it when this happens.

But enough about me. Here’s how to get your free book!

My thriller, Broken Angel, is free for your Kindle or Kindle app on Amazon for the next five days – from March 5 to March 9. Download it here:

Broken Angel (Amazon US)

Broken Angel (Amazon UK)

No rules. No limits. No escape.

Gabriel Morgan is looking for a secret society, known only by a symbol — a five-colored star. Rumors whispered through the New York City underground speak of drugs, deadly deals, and high-class prostitution. But the society’s main draw is a vicious blood sport fought in a ring with no rules, where millions change hands at every match.

Their fighters are legendary, their leaders cold and ruthless. They are impossible to find, unless you already know where they are.

And they have Gabriel’s sister.

But when he finally hunts down the leader of the society’s Manhattan division, the nightmare is just beginning — Gabriel is taken prisoner along with his sister and forced to fight for her freedom. He is branded with ink, broken and trained by the best of their fighters, and must accept a new identity along with a new name.

Gabriel Morgan is Angel.

And in the ring, he’ll do anything to win . . . because the price for losing is his sister’s life.

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Praise for the suspense thriller Broken Angel: Book One in the House Phoenix series

“This book was truly magnificent. I could smell the sweat and blood in the ring. Hear the jeers of the audience, and feel the crunch of bone beneath my fist. Vaughn is very good at pulling out the details with stark words and feelings.”
–Jessie Potts, USA Today reviewer (excerpted from Bitten By Books review)

“‘Broken Angel’ is an unrelenting, and exciting, excursion into the depths of criminal underworld darkness with liberal doses of physical and psychological torture. It is not for the faint of heart, but should easily satisfy even the most fervent fans of action oriented entertainment.”
–K. Harris, top Amazon reviewer

“One to re-read on those nights when you’re looking for a truly good read.”
–Alternative-Read Reviews

“What can I say…it’s a testosterone-fueled blood bath, and I loved it.”
–Janelle, You Gotta Read Reviews

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Excerpt from Broken Angel

Gabriel entered a room half the size of the building, walled with more gray cement. Several heavy bags hung from the ceiling, and a collection of weight machines lined the left wall. A large, roped sparring ring with a black mat floor dominated the far right corner. There were a few warm-up benches and an open door that appeared to lead to a locker room.

Slade pulled the door closed, then reached for the ever-present phone, dialed, and said, “We’re waiting.” He snapped it shut and regarded Gabriel, who stood rigid and mute, hands clenched at his sides.

“I’ll make this easy for you,” Slade said at last.

Gabriel couldn’t suppress a snort. Easy? It would be easier for him to cut off a limb or two with a butter knife than it was to submit to this man, to do his bidding and pretend everything was just fine, thank you.

Slade ignored his sarcasm. “Regarding my terms for your release, and your sister’s. I’ve calculated the amount of money Lillith would bring in should she remain in my employ. I’ll spare you the details of how I arrived at this figure—” He paused to measure the effect his words had. “—but the final tally is ten million dollars.”

“You pulled that number out of your ass.”

“I never guess when it comes to money, Mr. Morgan.” Slade’s blue eyes leveled coolly on him. “I am a businessman, and I deal in profits. Now, if you’d like me to review exactly how much your sister commands per client, or how many years I expect her to last until she’s…”

“Stop!”

“Ten million dollars,” Slade repeated, emphasizing every word. “That is the price of Lillith’s freedom. You fight for me, you earn me ten million dollars, and then you and your sister are free to go. Unless, of course, you happen to have that much money on you?” He laughed at the black look Gabriel sent him. “No. I didn’t think so.”

Get your free copy here!

Broken Angel (Amazon US)

Broken Angel (Amazon UK)

Free book days

My uber awesome friends at Seventh Star Press are having a big giveaway bonanza. Today and tomorrow they are sharing eight of their books for free on amazon. These books have been available in the past but if you missed well now is your chance to get some great free books. Click the covers to go to amazon

Please support a great indie publisher and share the news with your friends.


The dwarven saga begins…

Roskin, heir to the throne of a remote, peaceful kingdom of dwarves, craves excitement and adventure. Outside his own kingdom, in search of fortune and glory, he finds a much different world, one divided by racial strife and overrun by war. The orcs to the south want to conquer all dwarves and sell them as slaves. The humans to the east want to control the world’s resources.

Caught in the middle, Roskin finds himself chased by slave traders and soldiers alike as he discovers that friendship is the best fortune of all. Just when he thinks he has triumphed, an act of betrayal sends him into bondage. His only hope of escape is the faltering courage of a disgraced warrior whose best days are behind him…

Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the
fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm.

Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies
have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe
drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the
darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who
seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land.

As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon
named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and
humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a
young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow
confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the
only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront
his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in.

Deliverance will come… A great flood once wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it. Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their extermination, dragons. In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spawn, and sometimes, the best hope can be found in a brothel.

In the land of Transalpina, a new religion spreads, and important men are dying mysteriously, slain by what can only be the fire of dragon breath. Summoned by the Queen Garnet, the legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul returns to the place where he once saved the queen’s young granddaughter from treachery and enslavement. The Princess Nykia is gone, and soon others may try to claim the throne. The queen has little choice but to turn to the only man who ever told her no.

With the aid of one of the queen’s elite guard, the battle maiden Alena, and the young palace servant Orsen, the old mercenary will face pirates and traitors, monsters and foul magic in the quest to find the missing heir and learn the truth behind the disconcerting murders. Deliverance will come for Gorias La Gaul, but for now there are women to love, secrets to discover, and killing that needs doing.

Welcome to the Woodfield Movie Palace. The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business…and its builder died in his chair. In the 1950s, there was a fire; a balcony full of people burned to death. And years later, when it became the scene of one of Harmony, Indiana’s most notorious murders, it closed for good. Abandoned, sealed, locked up tight…until now. Tonight, Professor Geoffrey Burke and his Parapsychology students have come to the Woodfield in search of evidence, hoping to find irrefutable proof of a haunting. Instead, they will discover that, in this theater, the terrors are not confined to the screen.

 


Man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend. But all that is about to change. After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current–high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead.

And that’s just the beginning.

Vacationing artist Larry Neuhaus has just witnessed a gruesome shark attack, a young couple torn apart right before his eyes … at least, he thinks it was a shark. And when one of these victims turns out to be the only son of Roger Hays, the most powerful man in the country, things go from bad to worse. Now, to stop the carnage,Larry and his new-found friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.


Strange mists engulf Janus Roland, Erika Laesig, Mershad Shahab, and several others going about their lives in a quiet midwestern town. When the mist dissipates, they all find themselves looking up into the bright skies of a new, incredible world.
Without explanation of why it has happened, or any notion of where they are, they embark upon a grand adventure within the fantastical world of Ave. Some find themselves in the lands of the Saxan Kingdom, while others have emerged within the lands of the Onan, one of the tribes in the Five Realms confederation.
Storms of war loom over both Saxany and the Five Realms, as invasion forces mass under the inspiration of The Unifier, a mysterious, captivating figure whose influence has swept across the surface of Ave ever since His rise to power in the Gallean duchy of Avanor. It is a war that will be fought in the skies, upon the seas, on land, and even in places non-physical in nature.
A majestic, epic fantasy that begins many adventures and journeys across a diverse and enthralling world, filled with races and creatures both familiar and new.

The Exodus Gate is the first book of a sweeping, epic-scale urban fantasy series with dystopian and apocalyptic themes from the imagination of Stephen Zimmer.

The Rising Dawn Saga begins with a prologue that calls to mind the imagery of Milton’s Paradise Lost, and then introduces Benedict Darwin, the host of a popular late night radio show dealing with the paranormal and the things of myth, legend, and conspiracy. Benedict comes into possession of a virtual reality simulator that turns out to be something far greater, and far more dangerous than he ever expected.

Supernatural powers from the Abyss are aiding humans at the heights of political and economic power in a centuries-old movement called The Convergence. It is focused on bringing the world under one political and economic authority, one that erases borders between nations and governs all populations across the world.

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

I continue my love of bizarro this week with a bizarro author who I simply must read and who’s books I have sitting on my kindle waiting for me. Anderson Prunty is well known in the bizarro and horror genre. The book I’m sharing today is free on kindle right now so you can get a copy should it sound appealing. It’s also horror not bizarro so those who bizarro doesn’t appeal to quite like it does me fear not. Bizarro authors often write multiple genre.

Bury The Children In The Yard by Anderson Prunty is one that I personally am looking forward to reading. I’ve heard great things about it and the authors other works.

This volume features: “The Library of Trespass”, “Music from the Slaughterhouse”, “A Butterfly in Ice”, “The Spot”, “Laundrymen”, “The Warm House”, and the novella “Bury the Children in the Yard.”

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

So I finished Double Dead which rocked and I highly recommend. My review is up or will be up today I think at the Cabin Goddess for her zombie week, be sure to check that out.

 

 

My friend Stephen Zimmer who’s book Crown of Vengeance I read and have reviewed is available for free today and tomorrow on amazon. Be sure to check it out and the extra special video post he did for me yesterday in his Spirit of Fire tour. It’s the third book in the Fires In Eden series. Crown of Vengeance being the first so a great time to get in on the fun.

 

 

 

 

I am now on to Poseidon’s Children by Michael West. Add this to the tbr list if it’s not already on there.
Here are the opening lines.

Susan Rogers had always been afraid of the water, but not because she couldn’t swim. No, that wasn’t it at all. You see…things lived in there.

 

 

Man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend. But all that is about to change.

After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current—high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead.

And that’s just the beginning.

Vacationing artist Larry Neuhaus has just witnessed a gruesome shark attack, a young couple torn apart right before his eyes….at least, he thinks it was a shark. And when one of these victims turns out to be the only son of Roger Hays, the most powerful man in the country, things go from bad to worse.

Now, to stop the carnage, Larry and his new-found friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.

Spirit of Fire book tour. Stephen Zimmer interview and reading

OMG Becky look at his book, it’s just so BIG! I like big books and I cannot lie, you other book lovers can’t deny when an author walks in with a book in YO face you get happy in the pants! bahahahahahaha

A warm and hearty Sir Mix A Lot welcome to Mr. Stephen Zimmer author of the Fires in Eden series and here to talk about the latest in that series Spirit Of Fire.

Stephen is an awesome friend and a great guy, not to mention the hardest working man in publishing. I’ve gotten a chance to read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it ( It will be free on amazon Tuesday and Wednesday be sure to get it ) One things for sure the reader gets their moneys worth they are all big books with lots of story and characters it’s not epic for nothing let me tell you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am most pleased to share with you a video that Stephen did where he answers some questions and then does a reading from his newest book. He also starts off with a plate of bacon just because he knows I love the stuff lol and his favorite beverage Monster Energy I swear he should be the spokesperson for them. Hello Monster energy wake up and smell the coffee the perfect person awaits you. Then shows off some zombie killing weapons which I love because we chat about zombie killing techniques from time to time.

See the man loves his readers and we love him right back. Thank you to Stephen for the video and for making it so awesome and with some personal touches just for me :)

Be sure to check out the other blogs taking part in the tour

May 29  Fantasy Book Review
May 30  Ginger Nuts of Horror
May 31  Mom Cat’s Gateway Book Blog
June 1   Splash of Our Worlds
June 2   Soliloquy
June 3   Ritesh Kala’s Book Review
June 4   Jess Resides Here
June 5   Reading Away the Days
June 6   Vilutheril Reviews
June 7   A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
June 8  Red Headed Bookworm
June 9   Lisa’s World of Books
June 10  Kentucky Geek Girl
June 11  Goatfairy Review Blog
June 12  Book and Movie Dimension Blog
June 13  Full Moon Bites
June 14  Stuck in Books
June 15  The Independent Review
June 15  Alchemy of Scrawl
June 16  Watch Play Read
June 17  A Book Vacation
June 18  Eva’s Sanctuary
June 19  That Book Place Blog
June 20  Edi’s Book Lighthouse
June 21  SpecMusicMuse
June 22  Once Upon a Time
June 23  Azure Dwarf Horde of Sci-Fi & Fantasy
June 24  Bad Girls, Good Guys, and Two-Fisted Action
June 25  Eden Road Blog
June 25  Ali’s Bookshelf (live podcast)
June 26  Workaday Reads
June 27  Bookishly Me
June 28  Earth’s Book Nook
June 29  Darlene’s Book Nook
June 30  The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
July 1     Evie Bookish
July 2     Urban Fantasy Reviews
July 3     The Cabin Goddess
July 4     TheSci-Fi Guys Book Review
July 5     The Speculative Salon
July 6     Ali’s Bookshelf
July 7     Bunnys Review
July 8     Bee’s Knees Reviews
July 9     In the Dark of Night with James Tuck
July 10   Edin Road Radio (live podcast)
July 11   A Few Words
July 12    Bab’s Book Bistro
July 13   Alchemy of Scrawl  (live podcast)
July 14    Babs Book Bistro (live podcast)